BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) News: Vanquished Rank, Sale of Assets & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Revolution

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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)Microsoft Is The BlackBerry Killer, Not Apple (InsiderMediaGroup)
When explaining BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s demise, people always point to the iPhone or Droid and say it was smartphones like these that destroyed BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). In fact, the tech media seems to say that it was the transition to touch screen that killed BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (add in a few buzzwords like “synergy”, “ecosystem”, etc and you get a pretty interesting story). BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) will soon join the ranks of the vanquished, but while it was it was the iOS and Android armies that won the hard fought campaign, it was Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s hidden coup that really disposed of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). Interestingly, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) are the ones with the smoking gun in their hand, and when you see the bullet holes on BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s corpse, you automatically assume Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) were the killers. But, when you autopsy the corpse, you will find Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s poison in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s veins, slowly crippling it to the point where BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) can no longer react.

A breakup is inevitable if BlackBerry goes private (IVCPost)
Analysts said going private would not mean BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) could stay intact as a broad hardware and software provider. Furthermore, a private equity firm’s buyout plan would be the best option for BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) considering it has been unsuccessful in finding a buyer since 2012. “Some Canadians are now pinning their hopes on Fairfax, the Toronto holding company that owns close to 10% of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) shares,” Sophie Cousineau of Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail said. “A financial consortium is more likely to sell BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s most valuable assets to other smartphone manufacturers, to industrial groups or to tech companies looking for patents to protect themselves against intellectual property lawsuits.

Lenovo refuses to say if it will buy BlackBerry. Here’s why it should. (TheNextWeb)
Chinese firm Lenovo currently faces a dilemma. As its Q1 financials reveal, it’s excelling in PCs and laptops at a time when most other firms are falling behind, and doing good-but-not-great in mobile. What can Lenovo do to improve its position in the mobile space? The solution might rest in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing acknowledged the importance of mobile, stating:… When asked if Lenovo would consider BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) as a potential acquisition Yuan dodged the question nimbly and politely, as one would expect. However, even if WSJ’s question was posed as an afterthought, it would still be wise for Yuan and Lenovo about taking the struggling Canadian firm under its wings.

BlackBerry’s patents could generate a bidding war (ITPro)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s patent portfolio is estimated to be worth between $2 – $3 billion, but a bidding war between technology giants could generate even more cash. The Canadian smartphone maker has 5,236 active US patents and 3,730 active applications relating to wireless communications. After struggling to bounce back with its BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) 10 operating system, the firm is considering licensing out its technology as well as mulling over a potential sale of assets.

BlackBerry doesn’t understand ‘mobile computing’: Expert (CNBC)